AMC, BBC One, and The Ink Factory have announced that Russell Tovey (Looking), Alistair Petrie (Utopia) and Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful) have joined the cast of the television adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager. They will co-star with previously announced stars Hugh Laurie (House) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), as well as with previously announced co-stars Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).
Tovey is well-known for his role in the BBC supernatural drama Being Human; the BBC comedy Him & Her; ITV’s The Job Lot; and HBO’s hit comedy series Looking, where he played a lead for two seasons. Petrie was recently featured in the highly-acclaimed U.K. drama series Utopia, while Hodge is currently guest-starring in the British-American horror drama series Penny Dreadful. Hodge has also had great success on stage, where he has won both Tony awards on Broadway and Olivier awards in the West End for La Cage Aux Folles. He’s set to direct Harold Pinter‘s Old Times on Broadway this fall.
Other names previously announced to co-star in the mini-series include David Harewood (Homeland), Katherine Kelly (Mr. Selfridge), Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) and Neil Morissey (Line of Duty).
A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s 1993 novel – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – The Night Manager mini-series will bring together love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality. The eagerly-anticipated series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington, where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.
The Night Manager is one of le Carré’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed books. A fusion of spy story and tale of organized crime, the novel was a best-seller in the United States and the U.K., has been translated into over 20 languages, and has sold over a million copies in North America alone.
The Night Manager will be produced by The Ink Factory (A Most Wanted Man), BBC One and AMC for broadcast in 2016. Executive producers are Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for The Ink Factory; and Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill for the BBC. The series was commissioned for BBC One by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson; and Joel Stillerman and Kristin Jones for AMC. The Night Manager is adapted by David Farr (Hanna, Spooks). Rob Bullock (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Chasing Shadows) will produce for The Ink Factory.Read More